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The St. Louis Blues head to Vancouver to face off against the Canucks in their first game back following the Olympic break. Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo return to the Blues with Olympic gold.

The Blues look to stay atop the Central Division with 84 points, and distance themselves from the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Canucks are looking to get another win against the Blues. Vancouver has beaten the Blues in their last two meetings this season. The Blues hosted the Canucks on October 25th, 2013, and took the Canucks to overtime but lost 3 to 2. On January 10th, 2014, the Canucks hosted the Blues and defeated them on home ice 2 to 1. This will be the final game of the Blues-Canucks series this season and the Blues are looking to avoid the sweep.

Vladimir Sobotka #17 is still on injured reserve for the Blues, while the Canucks have four players out with injuries, Chris Tanev #8, Kevin Bieksa #3, Andrew Alberts #41, and Mike Santorelli #25.

The Blues have been scoring from all over the ice, with both forwards and defense contributing to their goal total. Being able to rely on multiple players for points is crucial when building a winning team and heading into the playoffs. It also helps having two very strong goaltenders who can create momentum for their team. Jaroslav Halak is coming back form the Olympics and has a save percentage of .915. Brian Elliot’s save percentage is .916 and he proved last season that he can step up when the Blues need him too.

The Blues take on the Canucks at 9:30ET in Vancouver, Canada at Rogers Arena.

Melissa White started playing ice hockey when she was only six years old. She spent her youth playing hockey in Seattle, Washington. She played with the boys until she was old enough to make the switch to a competitive girl's under 19 hockey team at the age of 12. Melissa played NCAA Division III college hockey in Buffalo, New York, for the Buffalo State Bengals. She was named Rookie of the Year and voted Assistant Captain during her junior season. Presently, Melissa manages and coaches a U-19 girl's team and an ACHA men's college team. Her favorite teams are the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. She fell in love with the Devils on her sixth birthday when she received an autographed Martin Brodeur puck from her parents. Melissa is also attending Bradley University and pursuing a degree in Sports Communication.

1 COMMENT

  1. Looking forward to seeing my first Blues game in April! This is a great preview of the Blues return to NHL action. I can’t wait to sit down with Gamecenter and a loved one and watch this game tonight.

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